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Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Taylor
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Book Description

“History is just one damned thing after another” - Arnold Toynbee

A madcap new slant on history that seems to be everyone's cup of tea...

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.

Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document - to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered questions...and not to die in the process.

But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And, as they soon discover - it's not just History they're fighting.

Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake ...

Editorial Reviews


Jodi Taylor doesn't do things the conventional way. -- Catherine Scott Yorkshire Post

About the Author

Jodi Taylor, International Woman of Mystery, spent some time working undercover for North Yorkshire County Library Service. Heavily disguised as the world's most incompetent Facilities Manager she shifted dead dogs, fell out of mobile libraries, and spent far too much time in the gents' toilets. The idea to re-write history first came to her while studying history A’level at an evening class. Just One Damned Thing is her first novel and was originally self-published on ebook where it was downloaded by more than 60,000 readers on Amazon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (November 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book in a time travel series. July 14, 2013
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Like all decent time travel books, this gets a bit twisty at times.

The plot is enjoyable and entertains while leading the story forward while keeping tension high at times.

People aren't too perfect, and in generally are on the bit flawed side(as people are) while still keeping the right balance of humor.

I would give this a strong 4.5 stars out of 5 if they allowed this a more granular rating system.

The only problem with finding a first good book in a series that has just been published is remembering to check back repeatedly over time for the next in the series, which with a new author is hard to remember.
I really wish the Kindle app allowed you to flag authors so you would be notified when a brand new book came out. I mean it would drive up sales and make customers happy.
It makes no sense that hasn't happened yet.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just One Damned Thing After Another August 4, 2013
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I picked up this book for two reasons. First the title made me chuckle to myself and second what at a quick glance was a cup of coffee, though I know better now that it is a cup of tea. I didn't even read the synopsis, I just clicked download and moved on looking for other little tid bits. At about 10 pm last night I cracked open my kindle and shuffled threw those tid bits and set myself to read this oh so very wonderful book. I haven't slept yet (its about 4 in the afternoon now and you will have to excuse me if I ramble, I get like that when I'm over tired and hyped up at the same time), my kindle died in the middle of a very exciting paragraph ( I threw a minor tantrum at that) and I have consumed way to my caffeine (this is something that is actually pretty normal), all because I just couldn't get enough.

I should have known before I even started the first chapter I was going to like everything about it. Jodi Taylor had just one thing to say, "I made all this up. Historians and physicists - please do not spit on me in the street." I got pulled in and wasn't let go until my eyes just about bled from being open for much to long.

I barely even know where to start, Max is just the kind of person I would want to be around all the time. She cracked me up just about all the time. She was perfect and perfectly flawed at the same time, she seemed real, someone I could look up and then possible stalk. There is not one thing I didn't like about her.

The story build up, the cleverly left hits that you notice but think nothing of until they all link together to expose the bigger picture. I didn't even care that the time travel wasn't explained, I didn't want to know how it work I just wanted them to hurry up and do their thing and entertain me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! August 13, 2013
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The best book of any genre I've read all year, and a real stand out in the time travel realm. Well written, fast paced, interesting and funny, I can't wait for the author's next endeavor. So much better than its modest price suggests, I encourage all of you to read a few chapters, and challenge you to try and put it down. Bravo!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs editing, but a good start November 19, 2013
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Such a good plot!! However, this book NEEDS EDITING!! I found the many grammatical errors distracting throughout. The book is lacking in depth of character development, and the plot jumps around at times without giving sufficient background information. This really reads like a rough draft of a novel that could be a masterpiece; the structure is there but this book needs a lot of work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and engaging February 3, 2014
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3.5 stars. I really enjoyed it, and I thought the main character was tough and fun to watch. There were a couple logical inconsistencies, such as the fact that history "can't" be changed without extreme peril, and yet in one instance they went undercover as nurses in a hospital, deciding who had surgery and who didn't. Somehow, that doesn't seem like it would fly. Even what happens at the end (and I won't spoil it by being too specific) completely changes history. It doesn't necessarily change history in the past, but it changes history from the present moment forward, which is still history to those in the future. Which, in a time travel novel with both future and past travelers, counts. Plus, there are people from the future that make some major changes in the present, which is their past. So, that whole rule of no-meddling sure seems to have a lot of loopholes.

I also wish the villain's motivations had been a little more fleshed out. We get some of the reasoning behind his actions, but unless he's actually totally nuts it seems like a stretch. But, overall, I really did like it and had a good time reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Much Fun Can Be Found In A Single Book? March 29, 2014
By Melinda
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The answer to that question if the book is Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor is almost limitless. I can't remember when I had such a good time reading a story about characters that were engaging and so very. human.

This is not a typical sci-fi time travel book by any means. This book defies genre. It is historical, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure and mystery. The thing is, they are so seamlessly blended together in this wildly creative tale that you just hold on and keep reading through the jaw-dropping plot twists, the gorgeous historical settings, the violence and action as well as trying to piece together the mystery.

Time hopping historians of wry humor and advanced intellect are pitted against a faceless foe who will do everything to shut St. Mary's down, as well as kill historians. While doing this, the historians party, fall in love, have large bar fights, argue about rabbit pellets, and do other strange things. The people at St. Mary's as a whole are a wonderful group of individuals and Taylor did an exemplary job of characterization.

Some series just don't inspire me to get the next book. Even with today's popular and revolting cliffhanger endings, I'm even less likely to buy the next book. For the Chronicles of St. Mary's, I am going to buy the entire series.

Bottom Line: Highest Intelligent Entertainment and wonderful amounts of fun. Can't beat that combination. Highly Recommended! Thank you Jodi Taylor for such a good time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read for Historic Science Fiction
I enjoyed the concepts and happenings along the way. Technical details were not strong and not always right. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Caveman
5.0 out of 5 stars Itsn't it aways Just One Damn Thing After Another?
Great story! Plot has twist and turns I never saw coming. Great dry British humor. Highly recommend!
Published 4 days ago by mumsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, fascinating characters and story
I'm recommending this book and author for a totally different read for science fiction and fantasy lovers. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Characters and A Strong Woman In Charge
Love this series. I read this first one because it sounded interested and decided to buy all of the books in the series. Alas Book 5 won't be out until February 2015. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars It has turned out to be a fun sci-fi book
I bought this on a whim for the airport waits. It has turned out to be a fun sci-fi book. It is an easy read with a little
romance and lots of internal politics.
Published 8 days ago by L. Hetue
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read! When I finished this book I went ...
What a great read! When I finished this book I went straight into the next one in the series. I laughed out loud many times and enjoyed the snappy dialog and the funny comments... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun journey
Fun book that had a lot of twists and turns with lol moments. I highly recommend this book.
Published 9 days ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Rife with nutty British Wit, with a bit of time-travel drama
Now I understand how did a book this well thought-out got published with a title that seemed a simple working title. Read more
Published 14 days ago by LaureEdwardsReminick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rollicking Good Read!
"Just One Damned Thing After Another" is everything a well-written, extremely clever, slightly raunchy and enormously funny historical-science fiction-mystery-horror-romance novel... Read more
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More About the Author

Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a History nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate, and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then.

She wanted to write a book about Time-Travel that was a little different, and not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of History, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.

The result is the story of St Mary's. And the nutters who work there.

Just One Damned Thing After Another is the first in the St Mary's series, followed by A Symphony of Echoes. The third, A Second Chance will be published at the end of February.

Her first romantic novel, The Nothing Girl, will be published sometime in May 2014.

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